The following Marines have been officially “accounted for”
since this site was founded in December 2011.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of field teams and lab technicians,
researchers and nonprofit groups,
and families, friends, and comrades who never gave up hope,
this list will continue to grow.
Check the DPAA’s “Recently Accounted For” list

PFC George Bernard Murray
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (20 June 2017)
“Family Waiting for WWII Soldier’s Return from Tarawa” (2011)

PFC Ray James
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)

Pvt. Archie W. Newell
Company C, Second Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported as MIA; determined dead 26 January 1944.
Accounted for 12 June 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)

PFC Sam John Kourkos
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “Division Cemetery, grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 9 May, 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)

Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr.
Company C, Second Amphibious Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 9 May, 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)

2Lt. George Stanley Bussa
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “Cemetery 3, Row A, Grave 40,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, 2016.
Accounted for 21 April, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (21 April 2017)

PFC Jack Junior Fox
Company L, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “details unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 21 March 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (4 April 2017)

Private Donald Samuel Spayd
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, Jun3 2015.
Accounted for 16 March 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (17 March 2017)

Captain James Wentworth Boyden
VMTB-233
Pilot of TBF-1C 24264.
Missing in action from strike on Simpson Harbor, Rabaul on 14 February 1944.
Declared dead 15 February 1945.
Wreck of aircraft discovered in Simpson Harbor, 1980.
Site investigated and remains recovered 2015 – 2016.
Accounted for 3 March 2017.
Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA
DPAA News Release (27 March 2017)
History of the crash site (via Pacific Wrecks)
Crew: PFC Bernard C. Pardun and PFC Arthur J. Patrickus

2Lt. Harry Hamilton Gaver
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
Buried as an unknown, Punchbowl Cemetery, 1941.
Accounted for 1 March, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (5 May 2017)

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Corporal Walter George Critchley
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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Gunnery Sergeant Sidney Asa Cook
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #24, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC Larry Ronald Roberts
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Arlington National Cemetery (14 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC James Ottis Whitehurst
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Cowarts Cemetery, Cowarts, AL (12 April 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Obituary
“Remains of Marine killed during WWII being returned to Ashford”
“Marine recalls experience escorting fallen WWII vet home”
“Missing WWII Marine makes final journey home”

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Second Lieutenant Ernest Albert Matthews, Jr.
HQ Company, HQ Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in Grave 11, Row A, Eastern Division Cemetery, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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FM1c Warren Gordon Nelson
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #38, November 1943.
Accounted for 6 October 2016.
Lakota cemetery, Lakota, ND (10 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 October 2016)
Obituary from the Grand Forks Herald

PFC James Samuel Smith
Company C, Second Amphibious Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 6 September 2016.
Liberty Cemetery, Liberty MS (17 October 2016)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2016)
News Release (11 October 2016)
Obituary
“KIA WWII Mississippi Marine to be buried Monday”
“WWII veteran’s remains now home in Liberty, MS”

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PFC Nicholas John Cancilla
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 6 September 2016.
Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, PA (7 November 2016)
DPAA Announcement (8 September 2016)
“Memorial pays homage to city’s war casualties”
“Coming Home: Altoona Marine fought, died in 1943 battle”
“Unaccounted for WWII veteran’s remains returning to Altoona”

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Sergeant James Joseph Hubert
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Row B, Grave #2, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 1 September, 2016.
To be buried in Duluth, MN
15 July 2017
DPAA News Release (pending)

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PFC Ben Hadden Gore
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Row B, Grave #4, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 1 September, 2016.
Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, KY (14 November 2016)
DPAA News Release (7 November 2016)
“After 73 years, local soldier comes home”
“Marine will finally be laid to rest after 70 years”

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PFC John William MacDonald
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #22, November 1943.
(Recorded as East Division Cemetery, Grave “A”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 1 September 2016.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA News Release (pending)

moore_fv Sergeant Fae Verlin Moore
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #23, November 1943.
(Recorded as East Division Cemetery, Grave “A”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 9 August 2016.
Beaver Valley Cemetery, Chadron, NE (6 October 2016)
Obituary
DPAA News Release (10 August 2016)
“Return to Beaver Valley: The story of Marine Sgt. Fae Moore.”
“Chadron Marine killed in WWII comes home.”

mattern_wc PFC Wilbur Clyde Mattern
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #30 as unknown, November 1943.
(Recorded as buried in “West Division Cemetery.”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 9 August 2016.
Arlington National Cemetery (21 November 2016)
DPAA News Release (10 August 2016)

penna_ff Private Frank Francis Penna
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #5, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 19 June 2016.
Saint Agatha Cemetery, Canastota, NY (17 September 2016)
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Body of Canastota Marine killed in WWII returns home after 70 years”

brisbane_hp Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Howard Pascal Brisbane
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #14, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 2 June 2016.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA News Release (pending)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Terrible Tide at Tarawa” – interview with fellow corpsman Stan Bowen

traver_gh PFC George Harry Traver
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #9, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 24 May 2016.
Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham, NY
Obituary
DPAA News Release
“WWII Marine’s remains coming home to Chatham”

kines_el Private Emmett Leonard Kines
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #16 as unknown, November 1943.
(Recorded as East Division Cemetery, Grave “A”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 8 May, 2016.
West Virginia National Cemetery (19 September 2016)
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release

oetjen_CE PFC Charles Edward Oetjen
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #6, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 6 May, 2016.
First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Alsip, IL
Obituary
DPAA News Release (22 July 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“7 Decades Later, WWII Marine Charles Oetjen buried in Alsip”
“Blue Island welcomes home Marine killed in World War II”

mansfield_jf PFC James Francis Mansfield
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #8, November 1943.
(Recorded as buried in “West Division Cemetery.”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 6 May, 2016.
Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth, MA
Obituary
DPAA News Release (19 August 2016)
“Plymouth Marine killed in WWII finally coming home”
“PFC James Mansfield is coming home – 73 years later”

tye_hk Private Harry Kay Tye
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #13 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 6 May, 2016.
Arlington National Cemetery (28 March 2017)
DPAA News Release (21 March 2017)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release

schaede_re PFC Roland Everett Schaede
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines,
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #31 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 6 May, 2016.
Burial in accordance with family wishes (pending)
DPAA News Release (pending)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
History Flight “Cemetery 27” profile

haraldson_PS Private Palmer Sherman Haraldson
Company C, First Battalion, 6th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #3 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 25 April, 2016.
Fort Dodge Memorial Park, Fort Dodge, IA
Obituary
DPAA News Release (15 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Graveside Service (video)
“Remains of WWII Marine returning to Fort Dodge”
“Family welcomes home WWII Marine 73 years after death”
“Long-lost remains of Lincoln native to be buried at last”

sainin_j PFC John Saini
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #27 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 23 April, 2016.
Oak Mound Cemetery, Heraldsburg, CA
DPAA News Release (3 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Lost for 73 years, John Saini coming home to Heraldsburg”
“Heraldsburg Marine John Saini brought home 73 years after WWII battle”

johnson_jb PFC James Bernard Johnson
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #7 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 18 April, 2016.
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (24 May 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Funeral video by Patrick J. Hughes
“After 70 years, WWII Marine buried in Arlington”
“Coincidence leads to an Arlington burial for WWII Marine”

geddes_DR Private Dale Robert Geddes
Company H, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #28 November 1943
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015
Accounted for 14 April, 2016.
Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, NE
Obituary
DPAA News Release (15 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“Our Boy Is Coming Home”

vosmer_rw PFC Ronald William Vosmer
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #18, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 12 April, 2016.
To be buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO
8 October 2016
DPAA News Release (8 August 2016)

brozyna_a PFC Anthony Brozyna
Company G, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #11, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 6 April, 2016.
Arlington National Cemetery
Obituary
DPAA News Release (24 August 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Funeral Video by Patrick J. Hughes
“Hartford Marine Killed in 1943 to Be Buried at Arlington Today”

prince_jf PFC John Frederick “Jack” Prince
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #10, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 29 January, 2016.
Calverton National Cemetery
Obituary
DPAA News Release (10 June 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“When Jack Came Home”
“Queens Marine… gets heroic homecoming”
“LI World War II Marine’s body has returned home”

holladay_jc Sergeant John Charlton Holladay
Company B, First Raider Battalion
Killed by a sniper in the battle of Bairoko, 20 July 1943.
Not recovered after the battle. Logging operations cleared the battlefield.
Remains found by local man, Timothy Fanai, and delivered to DPAA in February, 2015.
Accounted for 24 February, 2016.
Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC
DPAA News Release (28 March 2016)
Obituary
Military News article about recovery
WMBF News

mathies_el PFC Elmer Lewis “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr.
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #10, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 29 January, 2016.
West Park Cemetery, Hereford, TX
Obituary
DPAA News Release (20 May 2016)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Interview with Col. Elwin Hart
“’Find Rabbit’”
“Mission Accomplished”

nielson_rk Corporal Roger Keith Nielson
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Row B, Grave #1, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 24 September 2015.
Fort Logan National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (9 November 2015)
Dignified Transfer (video)
Funeral Photos from the Denver Post
“Marine killed in WWII’s battle of Tarawa to be buried in Denver”

carter_RJcolor PFC Robert Junior Carter
Company G, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Row B, Grave #6, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 16 September 2015.
Arlington National Cemetery
Obituary
DPAA News Release (6 July 2016)
Funeral Photography by Patrick J. Hughes
Funeral Video by Patrick J. Hughes
“A Lost Marine of Tarawa Finally Comes Home”

reilly_jp PFC James Patrick Reilly
Company L, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #21, November 1943.
(Recorded as buried in “West Division Cemetery.”)
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 5 September 2015.
Florida National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (2 November 2015)
“Queens WWII Marine killed in Pacific finally coming home”
“Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil”

otto_jd Corporal James Dmitri Otto
Company L, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #1 as unknown, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 5 September 2015.
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (1 December 2015)
DPAA Press Release (4 December 2015)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
“’Unknown’ marine receives Arlington burial seven decades after death in battle”
“Search uncovers remains of missing Lejeune Marine”

bonnyman_A 1Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman
F Company, Second Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #17, November 1943.
Cemetery found and excavated by History Flight in June 2015.
Accounted for 27 August, 2015
Highland Memorial Gardens, Knoxville, TN
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
DPAA News Release (22 September 2015)
History Flight “Cemetery 27” press release
Clay Bonnyman Evans
Funeral Video
“1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Returns Home from Tarawa”

redman_jm Private Jack Marvin Redman
Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, 6th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 23 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Accounted for 20 December, 2014.
GAR Cemetery, Watseka, IL
Obituary
DPAA News Release (8 May 2015)
“Search for World War II heroes’ remains” – Bill Niven’s research
“Private Jack M. Redman escorted home to Wateska”
Dignified Transfer, service, and burial (video)

vincent_rw Captain Richard Woytisek Vincent
D Company, Second Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Location pinpointed by History Flight in June, 2013.
Accounted for 21 October 2014.
Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, MA
“72 Years After His Death, Westfield Native Comes Home”
“A Marine Lost Long Ago Arrives Home, Via Bradley Airport”

mcconachie_rj Private Robert James McConachie
Company G, Second Battalion, 1st Marines
Killed near Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, 14 June 1945
Remains found on Kunishi Ridge, November 1987, determined unidentifiable by CILHI. Re-examined 2012 – 2013.
Accounted for 19 August, 2014
Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI
Obituary
DPAA News Release (24 October 2014)
“Remains of WWII soldier returned to Michigan”

allen_r PFC Randolph “Bud” Allen
Company F, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains buried in unmarked shell hole.
Location pinpointed by History Flight in November 2013; recovered in cooperation with JPAC.
Accounted for 17 June 2014
Arlington National Cemetery
DPAA News Release (21 July 2014)
History Flight Press Release (26 July 2014)
History Flight Recovery Report (redacted edition)
Funeral photography by Patrick J. Hughes
Funeral video by Patrick J. Hughes
“Private, Killed 70 Years Ago in the Pacific, Is Laid to Rest.” – New York Times

winkley_mf PFC Manley Forrest Winkley
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains buried in the field.
Location pinpointed by History Flight in 2012; recovered in cooperation with JPAC.
Accounted for 1 June, 2013
Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
DPAA News Release (21 August 2013)
Obituary
“The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa” – Wil S. Hylton, New York Times

no picture available Captain Henry Sedric White
Staff Sergeant Thomas Leroy Meek
VMSB-141; pilot (White) and gunner (Meek) of  SBD-4 #06969
Lost in aircraft crash on Mavea Island, 21 July 1943.
Crash site located in 1943; remains located and buried on Espiritu Santo.
US Army team investigated in 1947; no remains reported.
JPAC team investigated in 2012; recovered remains and additional evidence. Official (group) identification announced 18 October, 2013.
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
DPMO News Release (White, Meek)

sisney_JA Technical Sergeant James Austin Sisney
VMB-243; radio technician. Flying with crew of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 9 May 2012.
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

lallathin_LA 1Lt. Laverne Artell Lallathin
VMB-243; pilot of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 7 May 2012.
Individual grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile


ekstam_DD 2Lt. Dwight Dale Ekstam
VMB-243; copilot of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 28 March 2012.
Rock Island National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

donovan_JA Cpl. John Albert Donovan
VMB-243; radio operator of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 16 March 2012.
Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Ann Arbor, MI
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

yeager_JD Cpl. John Daniel Yeager
VMB-243; tail gunner of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 14 March 2012.
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lower Burrell, PA
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

erickson_W Cpl. Wayne Richard Erickson
VMB-243; engineer/turret gunner of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 7 March 2012.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile

vincent_WB 2Lt. Walter Burt Vincent, Jr.
VMB-243; navigator/bombardier of PBJ-1D 35087
Lost in airplane crash on Espiritu Santo, 22 April 1944.
Declared dead 23 April 1945.
Crash site investigated in 1944; remains located but determined non-recoverable. Site re-discovered in 1994.
First expedition (JPAC) explored site in 1999. Teams worked the site from 2000 – 2011, recovering remains and equipment. Official (individual) identification announced on 6 March 2012.
Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, OK
Group burial at Arlington National Cemetery
DPMO News Release (Lallathin Crew)
Seahorse Marines
Pacific Wrecks profile